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Re-Entry Ready Louisiana

Scott Peyton | May 7, 2020
HB 77 allows the use of technology—such as video conferencing—and provides flexibility of reporting for those employed.

Pandemic Or Not, Alternatives to In-Person Supervision Contacts Are Good Policy

Scott Peyton | April 23, 2020
During my 10 years as a Louisiana Probation and Parole (PNP) officer, I kept hand sanitizer with me at all times. PNP officers are exposed to a wide array…

No, Simply Possessing a Firearm Does Not Make Someone Violent

Scott Peyton | March 30, 2020
The debate across the nation rages concerning gun control. Presidential candidates have gone as far as calling for the seizure of certain weapons, and attacked gun manufacturers, resellers, and…

Louisiana Passed Justice Reforms in 2017, But How Much Is Being Utilized?

Scott Peyton | March 16, 2020
This year we saw the LSU Tigers take home a National Championship. For the first time in many years, maybe decades, the Tigers had an unbelievable defense, offense and…

Yes, Drug Courts Are Working in Louisiana

Scott Peyton | February 12, 2020
In 2017, the Louisiana Legislature, with overwhelming bipartisan support, passed ten reforms (sponsored by six republicans, two democrats, and one independent) supported by data and aimed at safely reducing…

Notes On Probation and Parole from New York City

Scott Peyton | December 19, 2019
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan described the Statue of Liberty as a “beacon of hope.” This icon of Liberty and Democracy has been a “beacon of hope” for so…

Solitary Confinement

Scott Peyton | October 29, 2019
In my former career as a probation and parole officer, several events completely changed how I viewed my job.  One such event occurred when I was a juvenile probation…

Reforming Reporting Day

Scott Peyton | August 20, 2019
While working as a probation and parole (PNP) officer, on a dreaded “reporting day,” one of my parolees told me that I was “punishing him because he had a…

Reentry Reform

Scott Peyton | July 25, 2019
My former supervisor from Probation and Parole always said, “you attract more bees with honey,” when describing how we were to interact with persons on supervision. We have all…

Louisiana Bill Advances to Allow Hospice Workers to Continue Work Beyond Prison Walls

Scott Peyton | May 16, 2019
As part of my training to become a Catholic Deacon, I spent time one summer working with a local hospice organization. I joined along with a hospice worker as…

Employment and Second Chances in Louisiana

Scott Peyton | April 17, 2019
Nationally, over 625,000 people are released each year from prison. In Louisiana, over 18,000 people are released from the Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities. According to DOC, 43% of…

Lent: Season for Second Chances

Scott Peyton | March 6, 2019
In most parts of the United States on March 5, it was just another Tuesday.  However, in Louisiana, most state offices, schools and local businesses were closed to celebrate Mardi…
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